He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.
Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.
©2006 Max Brooks; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"Hard to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Horror fans won't be disappointed: like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos." (Booklist)
When I describe the basic plot of this book to friends, co-workers or even my family, universally everyone will laugh and give me that "whatever" look. Zombies?! It's not too often a book totally unlike anything else I've read comes along AND intrigues, delights and holds my attention. This one did it. It's one of those books I've thought about days after I finished it.
It's ironic that Max Brooks' tells of his intent to allow the (fictional) personal tales from the survivors of WWZ passionately and at length in his foreword. This particular abridgment cuts many of the deeply personal stories from the print version. Now I realize that all the stories can't have a place in this production, but it was disappointing that the majority of the stories are ones that give to 'macro' view of the conflict, rather than some of the really horrifying 'ground level' experiences.
All in all, for the over production of the this adaptation, I was generally very satisfying. While not all performances by the cast don't 'sell' as real people telling their stories, it does give a good, if condensed summation of the print novel, which is probably the most enjoyable pieces of fiction I've read in years.
This is for anyone who loves zombie/horror films as well as reality and how the world would actually deal with a World War against Zombies. At times, you actually feel like this is a true account of these war torn people which really gives it an authentic vibe. Great guest appearances by Henry Rollins and Alan Alda.
I really enjoyed this book. Well written and comppletely fun fiction told like a non-fiction. The different voices such as Alan Alda and Rob Reiner reading for the different intervies was very cool. This is a book definately better heard than read.
I have probably listened to this audiobook 7 times. It is fantastic and very engrossing. Unlike most zombie stories, it focuses both on individual stories and the slow, deliberate, mechanistic response of mankind to its near annihilation. The voices overs are awesome.. the pacing is great. I just wish it weren't abridged... but to have to pay more voice over people probably would have been too expensive.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
This is great audio book, just as the title state, it and oral history of the zombie war. The full cast is fantastic and brings this well crafted, very human story to life. It’s not truly terrifying it’s more like sitting your Uncle telling war stories form Vietnam or the WWII. I found my self lost in the different stories as told by the survivor of the conflict.
This was my first download from Audible, and my initial instinct was to instantly turn the book off! I was blown away by the poor quality of the audio which was obviously compressed near to death. The production seemed like it may have been great, uncompressed, the way it was supposed to be heard, but alas, it took me quite a while just to get used to the quality.
I also did not realize that it was abridged until after I downloaded it... HUGELY disappointing. (but can you imagine what it would have cost to have all those fancy pants narrators read the entire book?!) That being said, the narration, with the exception of the author (who was seemingly recorded separate from everyone else, and could not seem to act into or out of the transitions) was great! Dennis Boutsikaris and Alan Alda in particular.
Though the interviews stand alone in the abridgement, there was some sporadic jargon that confused me, and seemed like may have been explained somewhere else that was cut. (NOT A FAN OF ABRIDGED AUDIOBOOKS!)
All in all, an enjoyable listen, despite being far too brief, and poor quality compression.
'I Am Legend' was 10 times better, if you're into the zombie genre.
Some of the voice actors were kind of annoying. There were a couple of cool parts, but there was too much BS for me. I wasn't particularly fond of this style of audio book - the whole fictional-documentary thing.
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